The Conway City Council approved during its regular meeting Tuesday buying a house on the southwestern corner of College Avenue and Salem Road that it plans to raze and use the property for a roundabout in the future.

"This is kind of an opportunistic effort on the part of the city of Conway," Mayor Tab Townsell said. "If we’re going to put a roundabout there as we’ve talked about doing, we’re going to need this house. The curb would run right through this house."

The council approved buying the house for $159,500 pending a satisfactory appraisal.

Because the council plans to demolish the house, the seller requested permission to donate or dispose of "any part of property before closing," according to the real estate contract.

"They’re actually going to take cabinets, doorways, hardware, things that are in the house and donate them to Habitat for Humanity, which is a neat reuse of facilities," Townsell said.

The council also approved a variance request for Pediatrics Plus to expand the facility 0.65 feet below the base flood elevation requirements.

"Our justification for the lower floor elevation is that the Pediatrics Plus addition was designed with a finished floor that would match the finished floor of the original building," Stephen Hogan, Tyler Group staff engineer, wrote in a request. "This makes the ingress/egress between the original building and the addition easier especially for children receiving services from Pediatrics Plus."

City Engineer Finley Vinson said the variance still meets Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements.

Aldermen approved Lindsay Henderson succeeding Brad Hegeman on the Conway Corporation Board of Directors when Hegeman’s term expires on May 8.

The council set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. April 12 to discuss closing a portion of street right of way located in the northwestern portion of the Round Mountain subdivision.

Also Tuesday, the mayor proclaimed April 7 to be Arkansas Gives Day. See this weekend’s edition of the Log Cabin Democrat to read more details about Arkansas Gives.

All actions were approved 5-0. Aldermen David Grimes, Wesley Pruitt and Mary Smith were absent.

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